On Wednesday, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Guernsey County Sheriff Jeffrey D. Paden announced the indictment of a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Joshua Matthew Sills, 25, was indicted by a Guernsey County Common Pleas Court grand jury on one count of rape and one count of kidnapping, both first-degree felonies. Sills is an offensive guard for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.
In December 2019, the indictment says, Sills engaged in sexual activity that was not consensual and held a victim against her will. The crime was immediately reported, and the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office conducted a detailed investigation.
The case was presented to the grand jury and is being prosecuted by the Special Prosecutions Section of the Attorney General’s Office.
Sills was issued a summons to appear in Guernsey County Common Pleas Court at 1 p.m. on Feb. 16, four days after the Eagles will play in the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sills has been placed on the NFL commissioner’s exempt list, making him ineligible to participate in practices, games or travel with the team. The Eagles signed Sills as an undrafted free agent in 2022.
Indictments are criminal allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proved guilty in a court of law.